I do love trying new mascaras, in fact I’ve tried a fairly decent number but love trying out new formulas. In the past I’ve not had a great experience with Essence mascaras, I tried the Essence Get Big Lashes mascara and it just didn’t do it for me, my lashes were clumpy, and there was no lengthening or separation. I’d heard great things about the Lash Princess though and since I needed a new mascara I figured that at £3.30 I couldn’t really go wrong, here’s my thoughts.
Starting with the packaging I’ll be honest I don’t like this. The design was quite cute but the plastic feels cheap and the writing has run off so this now resembles a tube of Collection concealer. I don’t like to judge a book by its cover but the packaging could be improved. The price point is more than fair though, it’s only £3.30 which is bargainous for a mascara.
Wilko’s describe the Essence Lash Princess mascara as the following:
“Very royal! The Lash Princess mascara has a specially-shaped cobra-head wand, which covers each individual lash to create dramatic volume and a gorgeous, sweeping look – for intensive fluttering lashes. Just as unique as any princess, the mascara is presented in a bottle that looks like a beautiful evening gown.”
I’ll be honest I completely missed the evening gown design, to me it looked more like a heiroglyphic design but eh well. Let’s take a look at the brush.
The brush is curved which looks like it’s going to hug the lashes however, this uses synthetic fibers rather than a plastic wand. Though I do like some fiber mascaras (Soap and Glory Thick and Fast) I generally get on better with plastic wands as they provide more resistance so coat my lashes better. I found that this wand didn’t really work for me lashes in honesty, it couldn’t get right into the roots like plastic bristles and the wet formula and softer brush meant that it was difficult to layer this up.
The first thing I noticed was that the formula was exceedinly wet, when I first started using this I found that I instantly got transfer which you can see in the above photo. I also found that the wet formula clumped my lashes together easily and once it dried they could look like spiders legs. the formula also seemed to break down during the day, I found myself wiping away smudges from the corners of my eyes and this also would run and flake off until halfway through the day I looked like I didn’t have mascara on at all.
I did end up leaving this for a few months and by the time it had dried out more I did find that it performed slightly better giving me more length and separation however, the transfer still was an issue, I also don’t like leaving mascaras open as they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Though I managed to get away with using this months down the line in this photo, I did notice that the smell was starting to change a little bit so I have got this in my bin pile now, I also disagree with the notion of letting a mascara dry out to increase the performance. Since mascaras can only last between three and six months before they need to be tossed, I don’t want to have to leave a product until it’s almost expired just to get it to work for me.
Overall, I wasn’t impressed with this, I have noticed that a lot of rave reviews show the mascara with the green design which looks like it has a different brush but this just didn’t do it for me. If you like very wet formulas then you may get on with this but for me, this was just a major disappointment so I wouldn’t repurchase or recommend.
The Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara is available from Wilko for £3.30.
I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, have you tried Essence mascaras? There’s quite a selection so I’ll admit I’m still tempted to try one more, the Maximum Volume with the unusual brush has piqued my interest but having been disappointed with both Essence mascaras I’ve tried I’m not sure it’s worth it, let me know in the comments which mascaras you like to use!